Florida’s amusement parks loosen pandemic mask requirements

Florida’s major theme parks are adjusting their face mask policies after the federal government loosened its recommendations as more people get vaccinated for the coronavirus. Visitors to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios-Orlando were allowed Saturday to remove their masks when they are outdoors except when they are on attractions, in line or riding a […]

Report: Boy injured on thrill water ride at Universal

Authorities found a 9-year-old boy unresponsive on a thrill water ride at Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay in June. This happened a couple of weeks after the theme park reopened, following a shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The child was taken to a hospital for treatment and was released the following day, Universal spokesman Tom […]

Universal takes first steps reviving Orlando theme park biz

With masks on their faces and temperature checks at entrances, Harry Potter fans and roller coaster lovers streamed back into Universal Orlando Resort this week in one of the first major steps toward reviving Florida’s theme park industry, which was left temporarily moribund by closures to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. Universal Orlando became […]

Universal reopening plan approved by Orange County task force

We are closer to theme parks reopening in the state. Universal Orlando rolled out its plan Thursday, and Orange County’s reopening task force agreed with it. But it must also be approved by the Orange County mayor and Gov. Ron DeSantis. It includes temperature checks for employees, screenings and additional sanitation for guests. We may […]

Universal CityWalk to reopen Thursday

Universal Orlando Resort said Tuesday it will reopen CityWalk this week. The attraction will open May 14 with operating hours of 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be limited menus at the restaurants that open and guidelines for workers and guests, including face coverings and temperature checks. If a guest has a temperature of […]

AMC bans Universal films from its theaters over ‘Trolls World Tour’ spat

AMC Theaters says it will no longer screen films made by Universal Pictures — a serious escalation of a dispute over the merits of releasing movies in theaters before allowing the public to watch them online. AMC CEO Adam Aron announced the ban in a letter to Universal chairman Donna Langley on Tuesday, telling her […]